Originally Posted by mackdav
jlliagre: I am curious, why not just modify the root shell?
It is considered as a bad practice by many Solaris developers and support guys because it is known to break upward compatibility of some legacy shells and applications that assume root's directory is / and root's shell is the old bourne shell.
To avoid support issues, Sun has never accepted the numerous requests to have this modified, despite the large and increasing number of people wanting it.
Actually, what is even more a bad practice is simply beeing logged in as root. So in my opinion, anything that ease the situation of being logged in as root is to be avoided.